Eric Peterson is The Air Travel Group’s Founder and President. His dynamic leadership over the past 4 years has propelled the company from a 3 person operation to a bustling multimillion dollar travel agency. The travel industry is a crowded place, with many large, well-funded players. Eric’s success came from his ability to think differently about travel services.
In 2002, the airlines changed their commission policies, dealing a large blow to agencies who depended on airline commission revenues. This policy shift caused a vast majority of companies in the travel space to ditch their air programs.
True to Eric’s ingenuity, he saw an opportunity.
As the world veered right, Eric went left.
At its foundation, The Air Travel Group (ATG) specializes in group and meetings airfare with 98% of their business centered around serving groups of 10 or more travelers. The ATG is a B2B travel agency, partnering with companies who need a group air solution, but do not have the ability to book themselves or look to outsource the project due to efficiency, risk, and pricing concerns.
“Our first year of the business was scary. I left my old job, started our family with my wife Nicole, and was trying to keep the lights on at The Air Travel Group,” reflects Eric.
Fast forward 4 years later, and The Air Travel Group has enjoyed a growth rate of 5,378%.
“We attribute our growth to engaging in mutually beneficial partnerships in which both parties offer real value to one another. Delivering impeccable, reliable, and efficient service to our clients is the single reason our company has enjoyed explosive growth,” says Eric Peterson.
This year, The Air Travel Group cracked the top 100 of INC Magazine Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America, coming in at #63 overall.
More importantly, the ATG ranked #1 as the fastest growing company in the Travel & Hospitality sector.
The 2017 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 16) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years.
The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.
“Our team and I are beyond thrilled to be included in the INC 500 fastest growing companies. The success is not all mine; my wife Nicole and I have a team of hard working, dedicated travel professionals who carry the torch every day and strive to make sure we deliver a first class product and experience to our clients. We are excited for what comes next at The Air Travel Group,” says Eric Peterson.
Eric owns The Air Travel Group with his wife Nicole, both reside with their 4 children in beautiful Lake Nona, Florida. In his spare time (which isn’t a lot), Eric referees NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball and sneaks in the occasional round of golf.
Should you be in need of group, corporate, or meeting travel services, you can reach The Air Travel Group by visiting them on the web at www.theairtravelgroup.com
To view Eric’s LinkedIn profile, click here.
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Air Travel Group